Rail Trail extended to Tollner Road

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 08 Feb 2021 17:14
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This is the line toward Millicent where the bulk of the intermodal traffic will come from.  I can't get over how stupid some decision making in South Australia is.

Let's also remember the business case has been written for reopening the line.



Rail Trail extended to Tollner Road

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  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
There are no plans the reopen the railway through the Mount Gambier Urban Area.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There are no plans the reopen the railway through the Mount Gambier Urban Area.
Nightfire

Would not want to connect customers.
  62430 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Metro Adelaide
There are no plans the reopen the railway through the Mount Gambier Urban Area.
Nightfire
Looking at a map of the urban area, I assume that there were a whole series of level crossings through Mt Gambier.  Conversion to a rail trail at least protects the rail corridor from encroaching development.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
There are no plans the reopen the railway through the Mount Gambier Urban Area.

Would not want to connect customers.
bevans
A rail link between Heywood towards Millicent would require the bypass of the Mount Gambier Urban Area (the cost of facilitating this would likely be In the too hard/expensive basket)  

It's an unfortunate case of the the ship sailed about 15-20 years ago.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
You can write a business case for nearly anything, doesn’t mean it makes for a valid case.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Excellent decision.

The rail industry shows no sign of deciding whether to sh¡t or get off the pot with progressing their business case begging letter, so there's no need for the council to keep waiting on the industry.

The customers that might benefit from a rail connection have all relocated out of the city centre over the last few decades, so rebuild options look like being set on a bypass line with sidings serving the industrial areas on the eastern and western outskirts of the city.

Previous experience in SA has shown that rail trails and rail rebuilding projects are mutually compatible. When the Seaford Extension was built, the popular Coast To Vines Bikeway using part of the corridor was rebuilt alongside the new railway and integrated such that it does double duty as an access track for maintenance crews.

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